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Energy Efficiency â€“ natural gas homes are among the most energy efficient, which can mean savings for customers and the environment.
The Energy Efficiency of Natural Gas
70 percent of the total amount of fuels used in producing, generating and transmitting electricity is lost by the time that electricity reaches a customer. By contrast, producing and delivering natural gas directly loses only about 10 percent of its usable energy.
Energy efficiency and conservation programs are a key component in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping consumers manage their energy bills. Laclede Gas and the American Gas Association are committed to investing in energy efficiency and to delivering savings to consumers through programs that actively promote cost-effective and prudent approach to energy efficiency.
Natural Gas Use: The Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Story - Natural gas utilities and their customers have done today what others have said can not be done - continuing to grow sustainable businesses that contribute to our economy WHILE helping to diminish the effect of energy use on the environment and consumers' budgets. While the number of residential customers has increased by 27 million - or 71% - since 1970, the average natural gas residential customer today uses 39% less natural gas than they did 38 years ago. This translates directly into reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
For a Clean Environment
Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel. When put to its highest and best use, natural gas reduces major sources of air pollution by lessening the need to generate additional electricity at coal and oil burning boiler plants. Unlike other fossil fuels, natural gas combustion produces none of the sulphur dioxide that causes acid rain and significantly less greenhouse gas than either coal or oil. Further there are virtually no particulate emissions from gas combustion.
Energy-Saving Resources for Natural Gas Consumers and the Benefits of Direct Use - The average American home uses one third less natural gas than three decades ago. In replacing equipment with efficient natural gas appliances, consumers can save energy, lower utility payments, and contribute toward cleaner air and a sustainable environment by reducing emissions of air-polluting compounds and greenhouse gases.
Laclede Gas Company offers several conservation and energy efficiency programs to encourage its customers to use natural gas wisely. With the assistance of the Laclede Energy Efficiency Collaborative, the Company has selected a portfolio which provides residential, commercial, and industrial customers with a combination of direct benefits and self-help/educational programs. Click below for additional information on any of the following: